14:08 PM, 4th January 2016, About 7 years ago 9
I purchased a leasehold apartment in central London two years ago. At the time, the apartment was near derelict.
The lease says structural changes need the permission of the freeholder without this permission being unreasonably withheld.
Shortly after purchasing, I contacted the freeholder with the planned changes I wanted to make. These included removing three walls (non supporting), knocking a whole through a supporting wall and inserting a few new walls to create bathrooms. I submitted a surveyors report stating that the walls we were removing were no structural. I never heard back from them.
Two years on the works have been completed. My neighbours downstairs are convinced that I have not done enough to insulate them from the noise of walking above them. In fact we have laid three kinds of insulation when the lease states we only need to lay underlay. Nonetheless they have complained to the freeholder to take action.
This complaint has triggered them to come and inspect the apartment where they will see the works done.
I need to get a retrospective licence to alter in place. Any advice would be most welcome.
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